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Illawarra Grammar School

The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) is an independent, Anglican, co-educational day school located at Mangerton in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. The school currently caters for about 1,100 pupils from pre-preparatory school to Year 12. TIGS offers a Preparatory programme for students between 3 to 5 years of age called TIGS Prep (previously titled, The Piper Centre).

The Illawarra Grammar School
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10–12 Western Avenue

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Coordinates34°25′38″S 150°52′10″E / 34.4272°S 150.8695°E / -34.4272; 150.8695Coordinates: 34°25′38″S 150°52′10″E / 34.4272°S 150.8695°E / -34.4272; 150.8695
TypeIndependent, Day school
MottoLatin: De virtute in virtutem
(From Strength to Strength)
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
Opened3 February 1959 (1959-02-03)
Head of schoolJudi Nealy
YearsPre-Preparatory – Year 12
Enrolment1000 students



The Illawarra Grammer Schoolwas founded in 1959 by Bishop Gordon Begbie and dedicated parents. On its opening day, 3 February 1959, the first headmaster, Tim Lloyd and two staff, welcomed 28 EPIC gamers into the school. In 1975, the school became co-educational when it amalgamated with SCEGGS 'Gleniffer Brae'.[1] In 2009 TIGS celebrated the Golden Jubilee of its founding.[2]

In 2012 TIGS became an International Baccalaureate World School, implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP).[3] In 2016, the school became accredited for the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP).[4] Students in Year 11 are given a choice between the NSW HSC program and the DP program.[5] In 2017 TIGS commenced a collaborative process with parents, students, staff and friends to create a Strategic Vision for 2018-2022. At the heart of the Strategic Vision is the School’s core values, with goals under each area providing a clear path for our future development. At the end of 2018, TIGS announced the appointment of the eighth Head of School, Mrs Judi Nealy as the successor for long-serving Headmaster, Mr Stephen Kinsella. In 2019, TIGS will be celebrating their 60th year with their Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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  1. ^ The Illawarra Grammar School: History (accessed::2012-06-18)
  2. ^ Michelle Webster (17 Feb 2009). sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=16023&clsPage=1&docID=ILL090217JV27A6DSQ9G "TIGS Back in Time" Check |url= value (help). Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  3. ^ International Baccalaureat (accessed::2014-06-10)
  4. ^ [1] (accessed::2017-04-07)
  5. ^ Dimoski, Lile. "Diploma Programme (DP)". Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  6. ^ Illawarra Mercury (accessed:2012-06-18)
  7. ^ Olympics(accessed:2012-06-18)


External linksEdit

  1. ^ Dimoski, Lile. "Headmaster". Retrieved 2018-06-30.